The Big Read Essay Contest
Do you like to write? Are you competitive? Enter the 2013 BIG READ essay contest. First semester freshmen will compete against their peers. The winners will be revealed during the New Student Convocation on August 18. The winning essays will appear on the First Year Experience homepage.
We would like to thank the Chanticleer Store and Follett for its continuing support of the Big Read Essay Contest.
$150 CCU bookstore gift card + TOMS Sunglasses
$75 CCU bookstore gift card + Signed Copy of Start Something That Matters
$25 CCU bookstore gift card + TOMS Carpe Diem Necklace
Gift Cards can be used at the Coastal Carolina University Bookstore and are good for textbooks, school supplies, clothing, and other university souvenirs.
- All submissions must be received by August 5, 2013.
- Entries should be between 500-1000 words (maximum).
- Essays should be original student work.
- All entries should be typed and sent by e-mail as a WORD document attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read 2013 BIG READ essay submission.
- Entries must include student's name, CCU email address, student ID number and current cell phone number.
Essay Contest judges will look for:
- Essays that cite specific examples from outside resources as supporting evidence.
- Content that illustrates the student's quality and originality of thought.
- Proper citation of supporting material in MLA format.
- Strong writing style.
- Correct spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation.
- Effective strategies for organization.
TOMS is a for-profit company that actively incorporates giving into its business model through the sale of shoes and sunglasses. For each pair of shoes purchased, a pair is given to a child in need. For each pair of sunglasses purchased, vision care is given to a person in need. With this One for OneTM model in mind, answer the following prompt:
What are other global problems that could be addressed by giving-based businesses? What barriers prevent these problems from being addressed by governments and nonprofit organizations? Why might a for-profit business like TOMS be able to succeed in its charitable goals more effectively than a nonprofit?
(Courtesy of Start Something That Matters Teaching Guide)